While most online-enabled games on PlayStation 4 require a PlayStation Plus subscription, it looks like No Man's Sky is different. Sony has revealed to Game Informer that No Man's Sky doesn't require a PlayStation Plus subscription to play.
"PS Plus won't be a requirement to play online, however you will need to connected to the internet for your discoveries to register with the universal atlas," a representative told Game Informer.
The trick here is while the title is online via its universal atlas, the game is intended to be largely single-player. Players are in the same galaxy, but the scale means they're playing mostly in parallel. You may meet players, but it's supposed to be an infrequent occurrence.
"People keep asking us about multiplayer and I think when people see this they are going to fully realize what it means to be that far away from somebody else who's playing. And I know that that's a bit weird for people, but it's what's different about our game. And we want to embrace that. We don't want people just scouting off beside their friends," Hello Games Sean Murray explained to Game Informer a few years ago.
"We're not trying to make an MMO where you can play with literally 60,000 people on screen. We handle the case like where other people can fly past in your game or that you can bump into other players in the game. There are loads of MMOs out there. People can play those. We want people to be able to get a sense of playing with other people and to see other people and feel like this is a real, live universe," he explained further.
"If you want to play a first-person-shooter-sci-fi-run-around-on-a-planet game, play Destiny. It's a really good game. Go play that. We're not trying to do that."
If that excites you and you're playing on PC, you'll have to wait a few days sadly. The official site for the game has updated, listing the PlayStation 4 release date as August 9 and the PC release date on Steam, GOG, and Humble as August 12. A small delay, but a delay nonetheless.